6 great fan made games that got shot down by publishers

Fandom comes in all shapes and sizes. It starts with a poster on your wall, buying figurines and memorizing every quote from a game. Sometimes it ends with building your own games based on the original I.P. Of course this does not always fare well with the license holders. So, here are 6 fan made games that got shot down by game publishers and their lawyers thanks to a cease and desist letter.

1. Zelda 30 Tribute

Earlier this year amateur developers made a three dimensional voxel version of the original The Legend of Zelda. This was all playable in your browser thanks to the power of Javascript, but of course it was just a fragment of the original game. It wasn’t done yet. The fans made the game as a tribute to its 30 year anniversary, but a few days after its release Nintendo sent the feared Cease and Desist letter. It didn’t take long before the game was pulled offline.

2. Chrono Trigger 2

Chrono Trigger is one of the most beloved JRPGs ever made. Despite the game getting official ports on many platforms, Square Enix never actually released a direct sequel. Fan driven Kajar Laboratories build a game to would cover the story between Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. After five years of development, creating 35 hours of gameplay and 10 different endings, Square Enix notified its lawyers in May 2009. The sequel you always wanted, was no more.

And over the years Square Enix has been sending lots of the Cease and Desist letters to protect their Chrono Trigger brand. Chrono Trigger Resurrection, Chrono Trigger: Prophet’s Guile and Retranslation of Chrono Trigger are just a few examples of non profit fan made games that got shot down by Square Enix.

3. Fighting is Magic (My Little Pony)

The community surrounding My Little Pony is one of the most creative communities out there. There has even been a well made documentary about Bronies. So it should come as no surprise that a fan made game popped up as well. Fighting is Magic was a 2D fighting game that helped raise 200 thousand dollars for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This didn’t stop Hasbro from taking it down though. However the game lives on and is now called Them’s Fightin’ Herds. It should be out in April 2017.

4. Streets of Rage Remake

After eight years of work on a massive remake of the original Streets of Rage, it contained 100 stages, 19 playable characters and a massive soundtrack. It would have been an amazing tribute to the great brawler that is Street of Rage. But Sega did not agree. Not only did SEGA send a cease and desist to the Spanish studio Bomber Link, they also canceled their own remake of the classic action game. What a bummer.

5. Metal Gear remake

The story of this fan made Metal Gear remake is even more dramatic. A group was making a remake to the 1987 original and got a blessing from Konami to move forward with development. David Hayter even jumped in and did some voice work for their trailer. Even though the game was never made for profit, Konami had a sudden change of mind and a few months later canned the entire project.

6. PokeNet

The Pokemon community has been asking for a solid Pokemon MMO for years now. Leave it to the fans to fill this void. And to Nintendo to immediately take them down. PokeNet was shut down by Nintendo’s lawyers several years ago. The same goes for other Pokemon projects like Pokemon Global and Pokemonium. Right now your go-to game for online Pokemon adventures would be PokeMMO, until they shut this one down too of course.

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  • Hey ZG

    Takeo June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • I can't understand how ANYONE could defend the actions of these companies. What benefits do they get for DMCAing the games?

    Medo a gamer June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Imma get a lot of hate but oh well, you all complaining about these remakes not becoming a legit thing but put yourself in the game company’s shoes, it’s be like someone stepping on your toes or showing you up and no one likes that shit, if someone took something of mine and ‘ made it better’ I’d go tell them to go fuck themselves most likely

    john hail June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • All these developers care more about making money then pleasing their fans, disgusting corporate corruption and perversion of society.

    13th Gaming Clan June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • John , whatever it is shut it down

    DIAPHOUS WILTER June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • My question: Why aren't these companies hiring these people instead of taking down these projects!? These are talented folks for God's sake and you're destroying something that could be a huge advantage to your company! You're not gonna gain more money by screwing your fans over!

    ThunderBlaze Studios June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Developers… may I ask …. why ???

    Cosmos_ Null June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Streets of rage remake by Bomber games.

    Ima Make It June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • -.- inalienable rights

    dan020350 June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • I’m most sad about Pokemon brick bronze. The fan communities have spent hours on this game.

    AL June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • I thought Nintendo would be the only one taking fangames down but nope. Why don't devs just hire these devs? Or just not take them down at all.

    Carlo Nassar June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • You know instead of shutting down these fan games why not buy the fan game or better yet hire the fan/fans that made them!!

    wryosbp June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • even though I’m not a fan of MLP by any stretch of the imagination (thank god) I commend the developers of the fan game for choosing to help support a great cause. Too bad Hasbro had to shut it down because in the state it was in it would have raised so much more money for breast cancer researc to what they initially raised. Glad to see though that the fans didn’t abandon the project and made their own IP out of it.

    CrimsonShadow 11 June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • that’s why I love SEGA. They may not be the greatest game developers these days (they aren’t terrible by any means) but they are one of the few game companies that love and encourage fan content. Be it fan art, fan videos or fan games. The only times sega would shut down fan projects is if they are created for profit but that has rarely happened from what I have heard over the years. Sega admires the talent that comes from creating these fan projects that they decided to hire a group of these talented fans to create a game that the fans want. And thus leading to the creation of sonic mania, one the best sonic games to come out in recent years since sonic generations

    CrimsonShadow 11 June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Only Sega that hire fan game creator for make official game(Sonic Mania)

    Eagan GTpp June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Fan games are different from Bootleg games.

    Giant Catbass June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • You forgot DMCA.

    Wario Wario June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • At least Sega is not that evil like Nintendo

    MegaMilo 95 June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • An honorable mention that you forgot to include was Pokemon Uranium. It was a completely original Pokemon game with It's own unreleased pokemon made exclusively for the game. It was made for the Pc but unlike most of the games on this list it was taken down by it's own creators after Nintendo threatened to sue them if they didn't remove it.

    Chillo June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • 2:13 you srsly think that mlp is great??

    stinky June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Fucking greedy cunts. They don't give a shit about their fans, only $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Troy S June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Kids, there's nothing more cool than playing games you like. But if a company DRMs it in a way or a place that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good. It's your copy, no one has the right to tell you when you play. So what do you do? First, you say no. Then, you get out of there!

    Absolute Disappointment June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Sonic Team seemed to get the memo on fans that should be giving the opportunity to make great games! Look so successful and fun Sonic Mania is!

    Bemarts June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • it's rly a shame to waste such a great talents

    imd imd June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • i always hated nintendo and thank god this video proved me that i was right

    imd imd June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • R.I.P. Chrono Trigger, Square will never use you.

    TheLocalMaxTax June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • wait how can you shut down a non profit game?

    Milan Tique June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • fan made of game classic 📰📰📰🎮🎮🎮🎮😇😇😇🎮🎮🎮🙏

    80gamer fox 90 June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • i can still play that 3d nes zelda if i want too and streets of rage remake

    jack lan June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Developers: let's make a free game which we get no profit from!
    Publishers: Fuck those years let's get it down

    Obama don’t care June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • Nintendo really is like a big brother. They're always there for you, keeping you entertained, but as you soon you step on their turf, you're f*cked.

    WhiteAsPaper June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • I'm still curious where AM2R is on this list

    camio bamio June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • the companies could have capitalized the opportunity to make good games with these fan developers and give them careers in making games but no, all they wanted to do is take it down. smh

    Eladio Vasquez June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply
  • game companies are all big piles of dog shit.

    Josh June 17, 2020 3:37 pm Reply

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